Characterization and design of tubercle leading-edge wings

Mark W. Lohry, David Clifton, Luigi Martinelli

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Leading-edge wing planform variations modeled after protuberances seen on humpback whale ippers are believed to result in improved lift and drag characteristics in the near-stall regime. The unconventional geometry makes ow predictions highly sensitive to turbulence models which are otherwise well validated for conventional wings at high Reynolds numbers. We carry out a computational study aimed at validating a RANS approach for the analysis of tubercles in a Reynolds number range 62,500-500,000. Comparisons with experimental observations are presented and the relevant ow physics are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
StatePublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes
Event7th International Conference on Computational Fluid Dynamics, ICCFD 2012 - Big Island, United States
Duration: Jul 9 2012Jul 13 2012


Conference7th International Conference on Computational Fluid Dynamics, ICCFD 2012
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityBig Island

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Computational Mechanics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


  • Cfd
  • High lift devices
  • Turbulence modeling
  • Unsteady flows


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